Month: August 2012

Happy Left Handers Day!

Do you hate spiral notebooks? Are you particular with pens and hate writing with pencils? You might be left handed, so happy Left Handers Day!

About 10 per cent of people write with their left hand, including me. You might be thinking who cares? What’s so special about being left handed? To begin, researchers think that lefties are wired differently than righties because the left hand is guided by the right side of the brain.

Historically, left handers have been treated and viewed badly, and surrounded in superstition. Some examples include:

  • Left handedness has been associated with everything from being a birth defect, working for the devil, or being a criminal
  • The devil is almost always portrayed as lurking over the left shoulder (which is why you throw spilled salt over that shoulder)
  • Left handed children were forced (and in some cultures still are) to use their right hand by having their left hands tied behind their back or being given a smack to the hand with a ruler

Thankfully when I was a kid I didn’t experience any of these things. People always find it interesting when they notice I’m left handed, which is usually when I’m oddly writing something with the page turned a quarter and my hand hooked (the only way not to smear ink!).

Although left handers today may have it easier than our predecessors, we still have physical obstacles to face. Think about all the things you use everyday, and you’ll be amazed how many of them are made for right handed people. They include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Scissors
  • Computer mice
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Wrist watches
  • Table settings
  • Old desks at school (you know the ones with the pop-up wood desk on the right side?)
  • Dinner tables (elbow bumping)

Take a look at this infographic from dailyinfographic.com:

Many left handers learn to adapt in a right handed world. I have learned to use scissors and computer mice with my right hand. I can also draw check marks properly – it may sound strange, but I was teased in elementary school for backwards check marks! Years later, I worked at a coffee shop during high school, and my supervisor told me I wasn’t allowed to pour coffee in a row of cups from right to left. She insisted I had to do it from left to right because it was company policy. It was awkward and also dangerous (because awkwardly pouring hot coffee is dangerous!). However, I successfully adapted to check marks and coffee pouring.

When it comes to my future in the world of PR, I think I can confidently check off being adaptable.

Resources:

http://www.lefthandersday.com/

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/09/27/left-handed-legacy-demystifying-the-southpaw/

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/left-handers-day-science-southpaw/story?id=16977046#.UCl2kMi3CAY

http://dailyinfographic.com/left-handed-facts-and-statistics-infographic

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My name is Cody Walsh, I’m 24 years of age, and I am the Clueless Dieter. As of today, I weigh just over 280lbs and want to make a difference for myself and for my future. It’s no secret to those that know me that I’m very confident with my body image. It’s taken years of practice to attain this level of confidence in myself! My weight has helped define who I am. However, regardless of what anyone tells you, there is a fine line between reality and delusion.

My Delusion: I can go through life as I am, with confidence, and lead a long, successful life!

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And, so, I’m pitted with a choice: To live an active, full life or lead a short one rich with false justifications?

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The Olympics and Social Media

Chances are if you have turned on a television, looked at a newspaper, listened to the radio, or talked to another human being, you have heard about the Olympics. I’m not a huge sports fan, but I have been following the games thanks to my Twitter feed.

Social media has played an interesting role in the Olympics this summer. A Swiss football (soccer for me) player was expelled for allegedly racist tweets, and it has made it difficult for people wanting to watch the recap later in the day to avoid spoilers, to name a few things.

It has also been the most popular Olympics on social media: Twitter reported that from 12:01 a.m. to 4:24 p.m. Pacific Time last Friday, the day of the Opening Ceremony, the volume of tweets mentioning the Olympics surpassed the cumulative number of such tweets posted during the entire span of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

How are you engaging with the Olympics on social media this summer? Are you following along in real time, or are you trying to keep Twitter and Facebook from spoiling the results before you get a chance to watch the games? As I mentioned earlier, I am simply keeping up to date on Twitter. With social media and live streaming now available, it can be argued that these Olympics are  more of a fractured experience and less of a shared one. However, do fewer people sitting down during prime time to watch the games really result in less of a shared experience when they are engaging in more ways than before?